‘Revolution’: The First American
By Barry Hess
The Rumble, The Roar, The Rage, The Revolution
and The Retribution
“We need a bloody revolution every twenty years, just to keep
For a very long time these words of a colonial patriot puzzled
me. Why would a diplomat and statesman who had risked everything,
including his life, to establish a sovereign entity like no other in
the Earth’s history, be talking about revolutionary cycles as the
only means to keep that new entity ‘honest’?
Now, with a few years and many miles under my belt, I think I
understand. He had studied human nature, and knew that it was
inevitable that people of ill intent would find a way to use the
brute force of government to control and profit from the vast
majority of these new ‘Americans’. He also understood political
Thomas Jefferson was not given to using words loosely or
imprecisely so a significant question we need to ask is how ‘bad’
people might come to control a population when that very population
is solely responsible for the maintenance of its government?
It would appear that the populace became corrupt and drunk on
money. More precisely, money that came from nowhere…it literally
never had an owner before. Just ‘poof’, and there it was.
More and more people are coming to understand how the Federal
Reserve Bank notes thing works. They’ve managed to put two and two
together even though burdened by the deficiencies of government’s
“free” educational welfare system.
Let’s see…. if all visible taxes combined cover less than
half of what the government spends…where’s the rest coming from?
Nowhere! It ‘just appears’.
In the simplest of terms, Congress goes to its sub-contractor
for money, the, ahem, privately-owned “Federal” Reserve. The
Federal Reserve snatches brand new money right out of the air every
time it fires up its printing presses. The Federal Reserve Company
(hereinafter referred to as ‘ FedCo’.) is kind enough to “sell”
these snatched dollars at face value, to Congress…and at interest,
What does this have to do with the impending revolution?
Everything, as will become very clear as we stumble along the path of
How does this affect you? Well, for the sake of clarity, let’s
say there are an hundred individual people, participating in the
economy. And let’s say there are 1,000 single unit…. ah…er,
“dollars” in the total economy. Let’s say you make $10/hr and
worked a whole hour. And finally, let’s say you saved all of it,
either by putting the paper under your mattress or reducing it
further still to being a computer credit in your bank account.
Okay, so far, so good.
Here’s the lesson: Each Congressmen has his or her own
special interest group(s) whose voting numbers assure their
re-election. Special interest support has a cost. Their special
interest voting block must get very special benefits (on-going, big
dollar government contracts are very popular these days) to keep the
relationship mutually beneficial. Then, deals are made between the
lawmakers themselves for mutual support for each other’s spending
projects. The problem is, there are lots of Congress People! Add it
all up and without exception you will get a budget that is bigger
than all the money earned by all the working people in the economy.
My assumption is that the reader was already aware of such
So what’s a Congress to do? Raising visible taxes on the
working people would not be well received and could be politically
fatal. Humm, a dilemma. Why not, have FedCo print up another 1,000
units? Of course! That was easy. Problem solved.
How this affects you is pretty serious. The ‘money from
nowhere’ didn’t add any value to the economy. All it did was add
more units of trade to the marketplace—twice as many as were
before. Remember how proud you were of your fancy $10/hr job? Well
since Congress and FedCo just doubled the amount of money in the
entire economy to purchase the same amount of products in the
market—you end up with a 50% pay cut--retroactively. Since the
money supply doubled, but marketable products stayed the same—the
producers of products are forced to double the price of their goods
just to keep the real spendable value the same. Your $10.00 went to
$5.00, then the prices of goods and services doubled. You are now
down to one quarter the spending power of what you actually earned.
Still proud of your now $2.50/hr job?
The vast majority of Americans are content to simply whine and
mutter about how everything is just so expensive these days. In an
ironic twist, if you were a good thrifty ‘saver’, you lose—but
those who rush out to spend all they earn get more actual value for
their time and currency, than you. Does this sound like a stable
economy to you?
The people and companies that benefit from this circumstance
call it “inflation”—I call it theft. They don’t want to
alarm you—I DO! When your pay goes up in dollar numbers, you end
up losing ground (unless it doubles) because it takes twice as many
dollars to buy the same goods and services.
To illustrate what this means in real terms, let’s use the
value of what was still a “dollar” in 1963, when we were still on
the gold standard and a “dollar” was defined by specific weights
of gold and silver (you may want to glance at the national charter
for precise weights). Today’s “dollar” is barely worth 2, yes
two 1963 cents! In sum, you have to earn 50 times the number of
today’s dollars your parents did—just to maintain the same
standard of living.
How’s that workin’ out for ya?
Sooner or later the general public will understand that when it
sees the Dow Jones Stock Index push skyward, it’s not because a
whole bunch of stocks suddenly ‘gained’ some real value in the
marketplace, it’s because it takes more dollars to buy them. It
takes more dollars to buy them because the dollar is worth less than
it was yesterday.
The fun begins when the public realizes it can no longer ignore
the accelerating costs of…everything. If you don’t stop it now,
there’ll come a time when taxes, fines and fees consume every
dollar you earn, so politicians can give it to people of their
choosing (remember those ‘special’ interests?)—before you can
feed your own family.
Money is only ‘time’ memorialized. I mean ‘Time’, as
in the number of minutes we each have on Earth. Your personal number
of minutes is the only limited commodity any of us will ever know.
They are therefore the only possible benchmark in determining
When people realize that the value of their hard earned dollars
was stolen right out of their pockets, and their minutes sucked right
out of their life, the fireworks will begin. When the people start
asking “who?” stole their money—the guillotine line will form
to the rear.
Hopefully I have laid the necessary foundation to present an
interesting quote, and to bring this diatribe back to its intended
“If the public knew how money
works in America, there’d be a revolution by morning”,
Why did I preface this political/social observation with money?
Because underlying the decline of America is the loss in value of
Historically, the debasing of a nations currency always leads to
the collapse of social welfare (special interests), chaos, mass
hunger, unemployment, desperation, then anarchy and social
stabilization of civil interaction through formalized structures of
administration. Hopefully, when that scenario unfolds on American
soil again, the People will have the common sense to re-implement our
original Constitution—fixing only the parts pertinent to
recognizing all Citizens, as sovereign equals under the law.
Have the once-proud American People
lost their collective minds? Do they not understand the basics of
economics? Can it be that they are now conditioned to think that
government can give everybody everything without anybody having to
produce anything? We will most certainly see, in the very near term.
I’ve heard what every self-described ‘political insider’
has said “IS going to happen” in regard to presidential politics
and oddly enough, none of them paint the same picture. So now, with
your permission, I’ll take my shot at it.
There’s never been a time in American history when there has
been a greater confluence of ‘official threats’ to public health;
safety and welfare then there are right now. All of them seem to be
coming to a head at the same time and something’s gotta give.
This is one of my, “Vuja de” moments in history. Translated, it
means, ‘We have NEVER been here before’. What happens from here
on out should be interesting at the very least.
A glossing overview of unfolding circumstances would have to
include the economics of a very serious ‘correction’
(de-valuation) in the housing and stock markets along with record
home foreclosures, record repossessions, record arrests because of an
increase in crimes of desperation and record detainments of Citizens
‘on suspicion of this or that’, by government—to protect the
public, of course. Then there’s global warming and government
surveillance of its owners… That’s all before we talk about
the effects of Methamphetamines on the family, HIV, TB, Bird Flu,
teen pregnancies, child molesters, gay marriage licensing,
heterosexual marriage licensing, overseas out-sourcing, the
destructive social effects of children being subjected to
indoctrination under the guise of ‘education’, blatant vote
fraud, the rise of “terrorism” (all against ‘you’, because
you’re an American…or “free”), an administration that spits
on our Constitution and our individual rights daily, corporate
warmongers profiteering from their munitions products by selling the
People on war and, Lord don’t get me started on immigration, gas
prices or drunk drivers.
That’s a lot of stuff for the average person to keep in mind
every minute of every day, even while they must work to feed their
families. You need to sleep with one eye open and have a few in the
back of your head just to keep up.
A very simple change in policy would completely nullify
virtually all of the threats to our personal safety, so the
governmental administration could focus on finding a way to make nice
with, or at least be polite to all other nations of the world.
We need only respect the natural, and constitutionally reserved
right of each individual to defend themselves from all comers. See?
A minor change would make all the difference in the world. That’s
why it’s puzzling as to why these so-called ‘women’s rights’
groups always want to disarm everybody else. How it might make sense
that to disarm 80% (this excepts criminals, terrorists and the
police) of the People somehow makes anyone ‘safer’, is well
beyond my humble abilities. The very idea that a person confronted
with violent harm, should wait until a guy with a gun comes to
‘protect’ them from a guy with a gun, is patently absurd on its
Either by discouragement or demise—the bad guys go away when
the common man is armed and able to protect himself. The People are
going to have to decide if they want to stop criminal activity, or
just keep focusing on brutalizing and punishing criminals.
Have you noticed that in every instance where government forces
are introduced onto the scene (think ‘9-11’, Katrina, or any of
hundreds of other instances) it does the same thing? Without
exception the first official instruction to victims is to do whatever
the ‘authorities’ say to do. The first comforting notice is that
you’re on your own until they can line up their friends with
bloated contracts to provide relief for you.
So what about the revolution? Thanks for asking. It’s about
‘tipping points’ and the weight of all of the aforementioned
concerns that has finally pushed America to the brink. Whether we
welcome it, deny it, or vainly attempt to head it off—a real live
revolution is still inevitable.
The first signs of revolution actually appear as cracks in the
façade of a concept we call ‘government’ itself. What
people see are the leaks, lies, in fighting, open hostility,
personnel turnovers, and endless failures. Along with these things
comes the realization that no government ever has or could actually
protect its Citizenry from all the hobgoblins they create. Of
course, if you haven’t seen them yet, you may want to pull your
head out of…er, uh, the sand.
What I see happening unfolds in five sequential stages, each
shorter, faster moving and more emotionally intense than the last.
These stages begin with, ‘The Rumble’, building to, “The
Roar”, “The Rage”, “The Revolution” and finally, the one no
one wants to talk about--“The Retribution”.
“The tree of Liberty must be
watered with the blood of patriots and tyrants, and frequently.”
Like so many others, I don’t fear revolution. Given our
current police state circumstance—I embrace it. Still, Jefferson’s
strong, clear words are not all that encouraging, or conducive to
solace when you realize it may well be your turn to water the tree.
“America” holds a unique place in world history. She is
founded on the notion that all individuals are actually “free and
equal” and own both their government and their private property.
What makes America so incredible is the inherent righteousness in
these principles on which she was founded. There has never been
another nation in all of world like America. Not one.
While none of us has an ‘obligation’ to do anything--each
of us definitively does have a responsibility to leave the next
generation the only legacy of any value---their individual freedoms,
rights and liberties.
And that’s the point. It’s not even a secret that our own
government has been directly responsible for bringing individual
freedom and privacy to their knees, and for irresponsibly exposing
us—the very Citizens it was set up to serve—to greater harm from
foreigners than ever before.
Even being mindful of the Civil War, the 1929 depression and
the war in Vietnam, the conditions conducive to a Citizen’s revolt
have never been more real in America than they are today.
Frederick Douglas is said to have
uttered words to this effect: “The limits of tyranny are
defined by the endurance of the oppressed.”, what I find
absolutely amazing is the extraordinary extent to which the limits
have already been stretched. It must be true that sheep have to be
cornered before they will finally defend themselves. Lions don’t.
You don’t really have to look very far to see the first
cracks. When Congress and the President have respectively set new
record lows in public confidence, the declining value of the Federal
Reserve’s ‘Dollar’ is openly discussed, the legitimacy of
elections is compromised and 70% of the American public wants us to
get out of this undefined war, we surely have arrived at a ‘tipping
This happens to be a presidential election year, and as if drawn
in by a political vacuum, a man of impeccable integrity and
credibility is all but ‘called’ to fill the void. Amazingly, he
hails from the tainted midst of the Republican/Democrat Party. That
singular and separate man is Ron Paul.
Viewed from the outside, America must certainly resemble the
manifestation of George Orwell’s ‘Newspeak’. We like to say we
are ‘free’, but we are ruled by our servants. We like to say we
are a democracy, but our constitution rejects such a system and
specifically demands a republic. We like to say we have free speech,
but we allow the president to prescribe ‘zones’ for such dissent.
We like to speak of the ‘almighty’ dollar, but we sit idly by as
our own politicians destroy its value.
By the same token, the lone potential president who speaks of
constitutional adherence, individual rights and responsibility, is
systematically ignored by the old media—as if they can still
control public perception as to which candidates are ‘viable’.
Fortunately, they can’t. Probably the single greatest oversight by
those who relish power over the masses is, YouTube.com®. For the
first time in human history individuals have the advantage of
instantaneous communication amongst themselves, and in video! No
longer can the old media shape news. Now it has to compete with
actual footage of the event.
The ‘rumble’ stage is the longest in the progression usually
lasting 6-7 years. It is characterized by government officials who
arrogantly seek to perpetuate their power by ignoring the dictates of
their Constitutional authority and outrageously nibbling away at the
very essence and rights of the individuals they were hired to
‘serve’. This stage definitively began with the discouraging
election controversy of the current federal administration in 2000.
In one fell swoop, the general public was introduced to the
reality that elections, the very basis of our Democratic Republic
could be and likely were literally stolen. The continued political
protection this administration has afforded the electronic vote
tabulating process has only served to feed public skepticism and
distrust, as has the ‘accidental’ destruction of thousands of
ballots the courts had ordered preserved in Ohio.
Josef Stalin is quoted as saying that the one counting the vote
determines the out come—tell me he didn’t know exactly what
he was saying. The Diebold brothers, who garnered the contracts to
count over 80% of all of the votes—without any effective or outside
verification, have steadfastly refused to reveal their source codes.
Isn’t that a little bit of an anathema to the Constitutional
dictates of fair, open and public elections?
The problem the bad guys face is Dr. Ron Paul’s message—it’s
not just the messenger. He speaks of the principles on which America
was founded, and the message sells itself.
The ‘rumble’ is widespread. It smolders
just-under-the-surface. Public anger, angst and quiet discontent is
solidifying against the institution of government itself. One thing
that is certain is the more the old media excludes this lone defender
of the constitution—the more his freedom-loving supporters push him
A quick glance at his Internet supporter sites, the tens of
thousands of videos on YouTube® and similar sites, a thousand
supporter ‘meet up’ groups (another 400 have sprung up in other
countries), his commanding wins in 17 out of 20 Republican straw
polls, his having the third fullest campaign coffers, his dominance
and virtual sweep in on-line post debate polls should make it obvious
that the common folk are starting to smell the crap in government and
its propaganda wing; the old media.
This has got to be a frustrating point for these long-time
collaborators. Oh, to be a fly on the wall when at one of their
monthly control-the-world meetings, someone suggests, “The
common folk are no longer under our (their) control or
influence”—tell me that wouldn’t be a hoot. These would be
the same folks who believe that anyone not under control is out of
The fires of revolution are being fanned by the efforts of the
very people trying to put them out. Thanks to the blatant media
efforts to limit public exposure to all the facts and choices, there
naturally grew a general sense of curiosity about what was being kept
from them. As an offshoot, we’ve all witnessed the proliferation
of alternate news source sites, drawing substantial numbers of people
completely away from the old media. Effectively, by their
heavy-handed attempts to quash alternate news and opinion sites they
rendered themselves irrelevant. I have a friend who likes to say,
“Newspapers are sooooo last century”. Makes sense to me.
Where the control-minded people went awry is in their failure to
even comprehend the idea of ‘voluntary support’ for a candidate.
Indeed, the ‘Ron Paul Revolution’ is all about grassroots.
Activist supporters have effectively created a new kind of publicity,
and media. Ironically, the old media continue to fuel the flames
that will no doubt consume them even as they attempt to turn back the
tide of true popular support this country hasn’t seen since the
days of Teddy Roosevelt.
My thoughts of our current administration and its old media
cohorts always go back to the drowning guy who is drowning only
because he won’t let go of the bags of gold in his hands. In this
case, the ‘gold’ is the power of perceived authority.
It is probably prudent to remind the reader that there are no
rules for revolution, so every option left to the oppressed masses is
on the table. Keep your eyes open and your head clear. It could get
Mahatmas Gandhi is often quoted as having said: “First they
ignored us, then they laughed at us, then they fought us—then we
won.” In the Ron Paul example, the stages Gandhi spoke of are
There was a murmur of discontent among the masses. It was
ignored. The murmur became the ‘rumble’, and it was laughed at.
The ‘rumble’ stage is the general public’s response to
encroachments on the privacy, property and rights of the
individual…all for the ‘greater good’---whatever that is.
Free speech zones, curfews, fake safety intrusions on traveling,
denial of self-protection, devaluation of currency, brutal
retribution against political dissent and forcing every Citizen to
depend on government for their sustenance are all signs that the
people in office have effected a coup and stolen the People’s
The volume went up and the popular movement grew. We now find
ourselves witnessing a critical transition into the ‘Rage’ stage.
This is the stage that draws the bad guys out into the open and
humor is nowhere to be found. It moves quickly and delivers much
more than just an amplified outcry from the ‘Rumble’.
As the rage intensifies, the groundswell cannot be ignored. The
power mongers are forced to acknowledge the movement’s existence,
but do so in ways they think are as clever as the old ‘left-handed’
compliment—they attempt to minimize or marginalize the human urge
to be free. They attempt to make light of the movement, but its not
so funny and the result is inevitably a dramatic hardening of the
resolve of the insurgents.
A major component of this move toward all-out revolution is the
growing public awareness of the illegalities involved in the
imposition of the income tax. No longer is it just the ‘fringe-ers’
who are willing to take first arrows for simply demanding the IRS
produce the actual law that makes the average individual liable. The
more the IRS (which is in reality just a collection agency for FedCo,
and not a part of the American government) refuses to produce the
law, the more people realize that there is no such law—nor could
The problem FedCo and their collection agency cannot overcome is
that more and more common folks are learning the Truth.
The late movie producer, Aaron Russo’s film, “America—From
Freedom to Fascism” is (thanks to Google video and $1 DVDs)
spreading the Truth to all corners of society. To quote an old
axiom: “You can’t un-learn the Truth”, and there’s
the rub. The Truth, like the desire to be free, is naturally
magnetic and attractive to human beings and no amount of force can
diminish it for long.
On a much smaller scale, America witnessed a false start when the
National Guard was used to brutalize demonstrators at the Democrat’s
national convention in 1968, and to kill students at Kent State.
That movement failed because there was no principle that the common
folk could gravitate toward, cling to or even identify.
Our current social circumstance is just the opposite. Today the
movement is based on a simple idea that ALL human beings are to be
treated by government as exact equals---and everyone involved
understands it. The nerves, emotions and determination of the
growing body of activists that refuse to kow-tow to the brutal force
of government are hardening.
The stakes in every confrontation between the people who just want
to be let alone, and those who won’t leave them alone, have risen
The ‘Rage’ is the culmination of the frustrations realized
when protests are ignored and laughed at by government. I like to
say that the 2nd Amendment to the American constitution
was purposely placed as ‘back-up’—in case the 1st
Amendment didn’t get the job done.
The ‘Rage’ is exemplified not only by large-scale resistance
to government impositions and demands, but by outright confrontation
as well. The more government tries to quell the masses, the more
hardened is the resistance. The more common government abuse of its
Citizens becomes, the more popular counter measures become.
Outlaws become good guys when the laws are bad. Think of Al
Capone and John Dillanger’s popularity with the public.
When government realizes the inherent weakness in their forcible
control over the superior numbers of the general population has been
exposed, their desperate actions to fend off the inevitable, will
lead to their capitulation.
An armed and determined population cannot be conquered. Proving
the wisdom of America’s founders one more time. It was their
forethought that circumstances such as we see today might come to
pass, that led them to demand the enumeration of the right of the
individual to defend themselves against all comers.
Thomas Jefferson said it well: “A true patriot must be
willing to stand, to fight and if called upon—to die in defense of
his country…even against its own government.”
The ‘Revolution’ stage of political evolution is the
relinquishment of power. It is the shortest and most unremarkable of
the stages. Fortunately, Americans have a solid framework on which
to re-build their nation. A simple return to the original
constitution (modifying only those parts that distinguish between
individuals to make it clear that ALL individuals are equal) solves
all the accumulated problems of the past 218 years since its original
In my view, the only scary or unsettling stage of the cycle is the
‘Retribution’. That’s when we’ll see the war crimes
tribunals, and punishment for those who perpetuated the theft of
American values. Ernest Hancock refers to this stage as “the
guillotine line”. It won’t be pretty.
As espoused in the Declaration of Independence, the founding
fathers made it clear that our government was formed solely to
protect the rights and property of the individual. When government
deviates from that singular assignment, it is the right of the
People, to alter or abolish it.
I rest my case. Standing up and fighting for individual freedom
is the original American tradition. Viva La Revolution!